UPDATE: U.S. Coast Guard suspends search for missing diver off Cape Fear coast

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UPDATE: Friday, 4:30 p.m. — According to officials with the U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, the search for the missing diver has been suspended pending further development in the case.

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Crews with the U.S. Coast Guard are searching for a diver who went missing 30 miles southeast of the Cape Fear coast after his equipment reportedly malfunctioned.

Watchstanders with Sector North Carolina were notified that a 48-year-old diver from the vessel Atlantis experienced an equipment failure and did not resurface at 10:50 a.m. Thursday, according to a Thursday night notice from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Crews dispatched a crew on a 47-foot life boat crew from Station Oak Island, a 45-foot response boat from Station Wrightsville Beach and a helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth city to search for the man.

The 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Cushing and 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Ibis are also assisting in the search. Anyone with information is asked to contact the U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina at 910-362-4015.